“All I Really Need” Is A Raffi Concert! (Photos)

BY ON May 1, 2013
Photo of children's singer, Raffi and the Moms Clean Air Force team

Dominique Browning, Raffi, Ronnie Citron-Fink, Anneka Wisker


As NYC’s Town Hall theatre filled up with expectant young families, grandparents and Beluga Grads for a Raffi Concert, the Moms Clean Air Force team was flooded with nostalgia. The concert was presented in association with MCAF and all proceeds benefited Raffi’s, Centre For Child-Honouring.

This musical reprieve brought our team together to give each family in the audience a MCAF tote bag stuffed with resource information about air pollution. MCAF co-founder, Dominique Browning had the honor of introducing Raffi to the squealing, supercharged crowd. 

Raffi’s playful music spun the soundtrack of my family’s life 20 years earlier. At the time, I was also teaching first and second graders! I remember fondly, sharing Raffi’s music with my two children (now in their 20’s), and in my classroom. From learning manners and hygiene (“Brush Your Teeth”), to environmental and humanistic issues (“All I Really Need”), Raffi spoke to young children.

Raffi’s lyrics still ring remarkably timeless and relevant. Watching children, parents, teachers and grandparents at the concert, mouthing every word to his songs, was such a sweet reward. But it was when Raffi brought out his “banana phone” that gaggles of toddlers rushed the stage…piling up in a mini 3-4 year-old mosh pit to “Shake My Sillies Out.” Raffi captivates kids and parents, and they go rock star bananas for his music.

As you can see from these photos, a Raffi concert is not to be missed. And it’s not too late to join us in welcoming Raffi to your city!

Photo of MCAF senior director Dominique Browning handing out tote bags at the Raffi concert

Dominique handing out MCAF tote bags.


Children's singer Raffi singing on stage holding a banana

Raffi and his banana phone!


Two small girls dancing at the Raffi concert

This “Little Light of Mine.”


Raffi singing on stage as he holds up a drawing a child gave him

A young child came up to the stage and gave Raffi this beautiful card. He sang “Beautiful World.”


A small girl in her father's arms listens to Raffi singing

Happy dad and daughter.


Raffi and two members of the Moms Clean Air Force team

After the show, Raffi sang a song to Anneka and me!

Photos: Ted Fink for Moms Clean Air Force


TOPICS: Dads, Motherhood, Schools